Burkina Faso approves loan from China to construct 25MW solar/battery hybrid plant

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Burkina Faso’s transitional parliament has approved a €45.7 million loan from the Export-Import Bank of China for the construction of the 25MW Donsin solar PV/battery hybrid power plant.

The concessional loan agreement was signed in September 2023 between the government of Burkina Faso and the Export-Import Bank of China. The agreement was validated last week by the Transitional Legislative Assembly (ALT), made up of 71 deputies.

The solar power plant is located at the Donsin airport, Loumbila, central Burkina Faso. The solar plant will also be equipped with a 5 MW/20 MWh battery electricity storage system.

With this project, Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Quarries aims to ensure energy security at Donsin airport, while increasing the country’s generating capacity to meet demand which currently stands at around 720 MW. Of this capacity, around 220 MW is imported.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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